LOYALTY IN FRIENDSHIP
Mark 2:1-12 (4) – Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. (NIV)
Today’s Bible reading teaches about the paralysed man and his friends. This man had a group of uncommon friends who broke the roof to grant their friend access to Jesus, who eventually healed him. An important lesson to learn in this story is loyalty.
Loyalty is an unshaken commitment to a cause. For this paralytic man, his loyalty to his friends and their love for him, as well as their faith in God (action), were what brought him deliverance. If the man had not been faithful to his colleagues, they wouldn’t have gone the extra mile to help him, and he would have remained in that condition.
Beloved, in life and in destiny, you need the right people to help you strategically position yourself to attain God’s purpose and blessings. This was also the case in David and Jonathan’s relationship. Without Jonathan’s loyalty, David might have been killed by Saul. Loyalty to God and confidants may be costly, but it has many blessings attached to it. Indeed, David repaid the love Jonathan had for him by honouring his son, Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9).
I encourage you to pray that God will make you committed to every good cause and connect you with friends who have your interests at heart. When you have such people, you can be confident in your journey through life.
Hymn: All the Way My Savior Leads Me — Frances J. Crosby (1875)
1. Father, give me the grace to be loyal to You and to all my friends.
1. Thank God for His constant assistance in your life.
2. Father, please make me a problem-solver and a pillar of support for generations.
3. Lord Jesus, please connect me, my family, and the Church to people who will not relent until we succeed.
BE BORN AGAIN!
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